Ian Donnis at WRNI reports that Joseph Fernandez and Peter Kilmartin are leading the fundraising race in the 2010 campaign for Rhode Island Attorney General.
Fernandez spokeswoman Rose Jackson, using a ballpark figure, says the former Providence city solicitor raised about $65,000 in Q4, and has about $155,000 on hand, from more than 550 contributors.
Reached by phone late last week, Kilmartin said he is “still working toward that goal” of launching a campaign for AG. The state rep from Pawtucket said he did not know his precise figures for Q4, but estimated his cash on hand at “in the six figures.” That would mean Kilmartin must have pulled in more than $45,000 in Q4, since his campaign balance was $54,967 as of last September 30. Kilmartin has not returned subsequent phone calls seeking more precise information.
Steve Archambault, meanwhile, raised about $40,000 in Q4, including $25,000 from the candidate himself, according to campaign manager Rob Horowitz. That leaves about $64,000 on hand. Archambault this week released some ideas regarding fighting drunk driving.
Donnis also notes that RI Democratic Party chairman William Lynch says he plans to decide “within the next month or so” whether to run for AG and that Republican AG candidate Erik Wallin declined to release Q4 numbers in advance of the state filing deadline in February.